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Tabla Mediterranean Bistro
Tabla Mediterranean Bistro

Tabla Mediterranean Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.tmbistro.com
  • Email: info@tmbistro.com
  • Phone: (503) 238-3777
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Organic
  • Executive Chef: Anthony Cafiero
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Full off-site catering available.
  • Private Party Facilities: Elegant private dining room seats up to 14 people. Half dining room seats up to 20. Full restaurant seats up to 50.
  • Private Party Contact: Michael Garofola (503) 238-3777

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Davis
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Off street parking available, cross-streets are NE 28th & Davis, 2 blocks north of Burnside.
A word from Tabla Mediterranean Bistro
Where locals come for exciting food, excellent service and a wine list focused on small, artisanal producers. Extraordinary house made pastas are at the focal point of our popular $28, 3-course menu that is centered around local and sustainable ingredients based on the culinary traditions of Spain, Italy, and France. Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Crostini starters were unique and each had a wonderful flavor. The Beet Salad was crisp and refreshing. Pork Braciole was superb. Tasty and tender. Panna cotta with rhubarb was sweet with that little bit of rhubarb tartness. The only problem we had was the noise level was strong and we had some trouble hearing each other across the table; there were 4 of us…and the restaurant was not filled at the time. Would go back again"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "My husband and I met up with two friends at Tabla Mediterranean Bistro. It was a fabulous dinner. The cauliflower flan was amazing as an appetizer...and, well....every single thing we tried was terrific. The Tabla Ravioli with egg was a treat, and the halibut entree I ordered was cooked to perfection. The special of the day was lasagna (veggie) and that was excellent too - fresh pasta makes all the difference! We didn't make it as far as dessert. Service was attentive, but not overly so. The space is open, with high ceilings - once the tables were full it was pretty loud. All in all, a great experience."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We ate at Tabla Mediterranian Bistro and had their three course dinner, which is a steal, especially given the outstanding quality of their food. Ravioli with egg yolk in the center and finely shaved Parmesan was sublime. Also, have their gelato or sorbet to (salted caramel and strawberry the night we ate there). Best I've ever had."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Loved this place. Interesting menu and the food was excellent. Would definitely try again if we are ever return to Portland."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "There were 6 of us and we all had amazing food, no one was unhappy with their food choice. Our waitress was so good and attentive (also our bartender) The service was terrific and our wter glasses never went empty...neither did our wine glasses! It is a small place and tends to be noisy, but we are a noisy group, so it was fine. All the pasta is homemade and delicious!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Took my date to Tabla for the end of dining month. The food was very good. I started with the cauliflower sformato with the light cream sauce and arugula. Normally, I dislike arugula but it cut the richness of the other parts of the dish. Date had the crespelle and the were also good. I had the crab tortellini. It was good but by far the dish I liked the least. It was rather dry and the bread crumbs did not help that. Date had the Tabla ravioli with the egg and chard inside. Date had the pork braciole which she loved. I had the duck confit. My quibble with the dish is there was a bare dribble of sauce on it. There needed to be more to cut the richness of the duck I would go back again."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Always good. Whenever we are in Portland, we make it a point to come here."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Open now for lunch! Get in and support lunch (wonderful lunch) at this great place."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Excellent Italian food. When for happy our - very good - then came back for dinner - Outstanding"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "I had the idea that this would be a nice quiet place for dinner. We drove from Hillsboro, having found Tabla on the Portland Dining Month list. Service was non-existent much of the time. The food was interesting and good, worthy of a nicer restaurant rather than the existing bar atmosphere with some dining tables. My husband had the 3-course menu and chose a salad, the ravioli and the duck confit. All were very good. I chose the cauliflower appetizer and it was excellent although quite small. In short, good food but a noisy bar atmosphere and poor service. I would not travel out of my way to go here again."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "The food was delicious and they had gluten free options. I very much enjoyed the home made gluten free pasta that they had. The beet salad that I had for my starter was amazing. The group I was with also recommended the duck and ravioli with an egg in it. The servers were very pleasant and knowledgable about the menu. We wanted to try dessert and plan to make a trip back just for that since we were too full from our 3 course dining month meal."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Great Happy Hour, but very small portions for dinner."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Made in house, this is by far the best gluten free pasta I have ever tasted. Available as a substitute in three of the pasta dishes, it tastes like the finest wheat pasta. Available to purchase as fresh pasta to take home as well. Service exceptionally friendly and professional as well. I will definitely be back."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Tabla is always a favorite, their pasta is fresh and creative . We were running late and could not make our reservation time, they were able to accommodate us. Looking forward to them being open now for lunch!"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Another successful meal on our list of Portland Dining Month restaurants! Kind and efficient staff, lovely dining room and delicious food that was perfect for sharing! Our favorite was the tajarine with truffle butter and parmigiano reggiano - decadent and delicate at the same time. We tried nine dishes total and each one was a hit. Recommended!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Visited Tabla this past weekend as a part of an anniversary weekend away from the kids. We arrived at the restaurant 5 minutes before our reservation and were told that a table would be ready in a few minutes. We were invited to sit at the bar. We were offered a seat at a communal table as well, but declined. We were not seated for 25 minutes after our reservation despite there having been a table open right when we arrived. The same table remained open for the remainder of the night. The food was good. The pasta, in particular was much enjoyed. The duck and the briciole were also quite delicious. The food is worth the visit, the ambiance is pleasant if not bustling but our visit was scarred from the very beginning unfortunately."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The food is always delicious and beautifully presented. And, the service is attentive and warm. I've gotten to know the staff in my many visits, and they are always welcoming and interested in providing you with an excellent dining experience. This place is a go-to when I have guests from out of town, or, if I feel like treating myself to a solo-dinner night. Excellent!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Great food, as always. New décor leaves something to be desired. The new chairs are not in the least bit comfortable and lean the diner too far back for eating. Chairs are too narrow for any but the slimmest diner. (Perhaps you are encouraging a quick turnover in tables by making diners not want to linger at the table.) Whatever the reason for the new chairs, we'll be requesting a table on the banquette in the future.)"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Tabla shines! While the menu is short compared to some other places (only 4 entrees) the food is wonderful. We had a 3 course meal with an appetizer or salad choice, a pasta (1/2 portion) and an entree. Everything the three of us had was excellent."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Another delightful meal at Tabla. Everything about the experience was a treat."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "We loved this small bistro. The service was excellent. We were not rushed, which is something we hate when going out for dinner. The food was superb, we were having the prix fixe three course dinner. A good selection of options and the portions were just right. We both had different choices and every dish was good. We will go back to try other selections. Try the sformato it was delicious."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Tabla used to be one of my go to restaurants. We decided to go there for Portland Dinning Month. @ $29. We chose Tabla because they had seafood options and we do not eat land animals. However, every seafood option, and a mozzarella option, had an add on price on the menu when we got there that had not been mentioned in there add for the $29 dinner event. Since we don't eat land animals, we ordered the previously advertised seafood options for $29 for which we were charged $37. So I have to ask myself why were these options listed on their $29 dinner menu? I will not be returning!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Food at the Tabla Mediterranean Bistro was excellent. Their pasta was spectacular, particularly the raviolli with the egg inside. Delicious! They also have a private room in back, perfect for small private parties. I'd go back, I guess that's the best review I can give."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Typically a little out of my price range, Tabla was exactly the perfect experience to have during Portland Dining Month! (Or if you just have a few extra dollars on hand to spend on delicious food). The service was really phenomenal, and our waiter went above and beyond to make sure we had a wonderful dinner. As for the food, we ordered the Tajarin and the Tabla ravioli, and they were both unbelievably good."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Four of us had dinner at Table M.B. for the first time last week. Without exception, each of us enjoyed each course, the wine, the atmosphere and the service. The pasta is some of the best I've had in Portland; the salads were excellent, and even the $6 house red was very good. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Great food, great service, great time. Will go back again and again."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Wonderful food, very smooth and efficient service, and very reasonable wine list. Only negative are the metal chairs, which are very uncomfortable."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Portions are on the small side so skip the starters and get a full size pasta dish with an entree so you won't leave the place hungry. (much more economical that way IMO) Bread is extra, which works fine for me (hey, I'm eating a portion of pasta. No need for extra starch/carbs) Noise level was a tad loud (echo in the space I think) and the dining area towards the door was quite drafty and cold. Now for the raves: food was delish, spot on with the seasoning (hubby asked for salt and pepper just in case but ended up not needing any). Service was impeccable: friendly and prompt without being pushy. I'd like to check out the happy hour but too bad it's only from 5-6pm on weekdays. Oh, well. Glad I tried this place!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "I was disappointed after hearing how great this restaurant was. The seafood stew, which listed clams, mussels, scallops and shrimp had not one shrimp, only one scallop and many mussels. When I questioned the waiter, who checked with the chef, I was told there are no shrimp but they list it because the broth had a shrimp base and they wanted people with allergies to know. Really?! At least they reduced the cost of the $23. bowl of lovely tasting mussels and it's few spoonfuls of broth."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Arrived at 6:30 on a Friday, had reservation. Many open tables. Asked for table by the door, but was seated next to kitchen. Food was ok, but too salty. Both of us had the 3 course meal and one glass of house wine each with bread. Total bill was $91 + tip. Food was ok, overrated. Staff was attentive and nice."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "We were stranded overnight at a hotel near PDX. We wanted to venture out a bit, but didn't want to head all the way downtown. Tablas met our needs perfectly. The host greeted us and kind of apologized for how slow it was (MLK day), but that was fine with us. The food was interesting, beautifully presented and the wine list, while small, featured high quality Italian wines. They specialize in Italian cuisine and wine and everything on the menu held true to that theme. I hope we're stranded in Portland again soon, so we can return!"
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "Very nice restaurant. Our group of 4 tried several different dishes and all were delicious. Braised pork was excellent. Noise level was a bit high, but mostly due to a single table of 6 women. After they departed, it was quite nice. Service was sharp, but not intrusive."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Good food, nice ambience, but the pours were very skimpy for our glasses of wine."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "excellent choices, beautifully & carefully prepared, delicious."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Good, though over-priced, salads. A 3 oz. pour is NOT A 5 1/2 oz. pour, as we were told!! Very stingy on the expensive wine by the glass!!"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Great corner neighborhood restaurant that is a worthy destination for folks from all over! We ate there with friends--their first time, our fourth or so time. Accommodating bartender--I requested a substitution in one of their signature cocktails (food allergy) and I got a great drink cheerfully mixed and delivered. Food--we shared the pasta special--squid ink tortellini stuffed with crab--stunning. Both of us had the duck confit. Perfect. Others had the seafood stew, the steak...everyone was happy. Portions are sensible and prices are kind to our budget. Truly one of our favorites among stars in the Portland restaurant firmament. I have to add that my husband loves it because he doesn't need a flashlight to read the menu."
    Dined on 12/30/2013
  • "Don't mess around, the pasta is where it's at. Top it off with the scrumptious Bonet, a silken mocha flan (not gelatinous or slippery). Too die for!! The standing around and chatting by staff left a little something to be desired."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "We had a delicious meal with good service until closing time came around. Then the waitstaff was pointing and talking about our table, staring at us, and making us feel unwelcome. This was a sad end to an otherwise delicious and fun evening. After confronting the wait staff about staring at our table they apologized and mumbled something about not meaning to offend us. We won't be going back."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "Great food, probably some of the best we have ever had in Portland, really great service and atmosphere. Very nice and elegant presentation of our food the portions are a bit on the smaller size but make up for that in the quality and flavor."
    Dined on 12/16/2013
  • "This was our first visit to Tabla, and overall we enjoyed it. Most of the food was quite good, although I had a carrot soup that was not. It was underseasoned, swimming with oil, and garnished with minced peppers that were quite chewy and bitter. Everything else, including a perfectly cooked steak and delicious crespelle, was nicely done. I appreciate that they focus on local ingredients and would dine there again. Service was warm and friendly. One other small complaint: $20 seems a pretty steep corkage fee for a casual restaurant."
    Dined on 12/14/2013